Zimbabwe Dojo

Making open-source more accessible.
1. Resources for learning about open-source tech in Zimbabwe:
  • ZimboPy: A non-profit organization that provides coding workshops, mentorship, and networking opportunities for women in Zimbabwe. They have a Github page where you can find their open-source projects: https://github.com/ZimboPy.
  • Zimbabwe Linux User Group: A community of Linux enthusiasts in Zimbabwe. They have a mailing list and a forum where you can ask questions and share knowledge: http://www.zilug.org.zw/.
  • Harare Institute of Technology: A university in Zimbabwe that offers courses in computer science, information technology, and engineering. They have a research group that focuses on open-source technologies: https://www.hit.ac.zw/index.php/research.
  1. Notable technologists from Zimbabwe throughout history:
  • William Kamkwamba: A self-taught inventor and author who built a windmill from scrap materials to provide electricity for his family’s home in rural Malawi. His story was featured in the book and movie “The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind.” He is now a TED Fellow and advocate for sustainable technology.
  • Simba Mubvuma: A software engineer who worked for Google and co-founded the startup Freshly Ground Investments. He is also a mentor for ZimboPy and an advocate for diversity in tech.
  • Tapiwa Chiwewe: A computer scientist and researcher who uses machine learning and computer vision to solve social problems in Africa. He has worked for IBM Research Africa and founded the startup Esaja.com.

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